If you have indoor pets, you probably expect to smell the occasional odor every now and then, or come across a nice stain with your name on it.
Covering up these smells with air fresheners is only a bandaid, and will never neutralize the smell completely. Getting to the bottom of the stain or smell will be your only hopes of tackling it for good.
If you have to eliminate stains and odors constantly it’s even more important to treat the problem early on, as it will only get worse. Sometimes animals will continue using the same spot on a carpet because they can sense where they have done it before, which can lead to a mess of an entirely different proportion if the problems isn’t addressed early on.
Lucky for you, we have close ties with an expert odor and stain removal specialist that has volunteered to share their secrets in the website today. Allow us to introduce carpet cleaning expert and stain & odor removal specialist Janet Kingsley, who operates her own carpet cleaning business in Nashville. Janet may use a carpet cleaning machine for the heavy work but when it comes to odors and stains, she IS the cleaning machine.
Here is what you will need to get started:
- Rubber gloves
- Paper towels
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Cup of white vinegar
- 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of baking soda
- 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of 3% diluted peroxide
1.) Begin by blotting up as many of the stains as you can with paper towels.
2.) Mix the vinegar and water together and pour it on the spot or spray in on there. Spray just enough so that the solution gets deep down into the fibers of the carpet. Don’t overuse the solution, but certainly don’t be stingy.
3.) Using a scrub brush, toothbrush, or your fingers, work the mixture into the carpet without pressing down too hard.
4.) Blot every little drop of the water and vinegar until you can get it as dry as possible. If you want your carpet to dry faster, use a steam cleaner for faster absorption.
5.) When the spot is near the point of being dry, sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain.
6.) Work some peroxide into the stain using a pair of gloves and your fingers. Pay close attention from here because this solution together will turn into a giant foam.
7.) After a few short seconds, blot the wet area with paper towels to absorb all the water you can.
8.) Give the area time to dry completely.
9.) Once dry, vacuum over the area to remove any residue.